About

Connecting with the great outdoors is essential to our humanity.  Our mission at Campfire Cycling is to foster your connection with cycling and the outdoors.  We do this by helping you along your bicycle camping journeys by outfitting for bicycle camping adventures.

We outfit through this ecommerce site and our Tucson bike shop.  We provide the specialty gear, knowledge and inspiration to thrive on your next adventure. There are so many ways to get your bicycle camping groove on these days. We’re here to help you make choices amongst all the options.

We believe in the power of our collective bicycle camping community.  We see a common kinship among all forms of bicycle travelers.  Whether you are traveling on pavement, gravel roads or trails, traveling by bike is an experience with common threads.  We seek to provide a venue to share these experiences and collectively improve our capabilities as bicycle travelers.

Founder – Josh Lipton

In 2001, Josh begin his career as a bicycle entrepreneur with the development of the CELLO bicycle case, a system for converting a BOB Trailer into a bicycle shipping case.  This project evolved into BikeTrailerShop.com in 2006 which was an instant hit and lead to BikeBagShop.com and BikeKidShop.com.  In 2013 Josh moved this thriving business to Tucson.

In 2017 an outdated ecommerce platform had lead to an inability to adapt to the changing ecommerce and bicycle markets.  Over the course of 2018 and 2019 Josh worked to correct this by pivoting the business into Campfire Cycling.

Josh grew up in Flagstaff, AZ getting into cycling at an early age, racing mountain bikes.  Cycling has been a big part of his life ever since, driving ideas for business and bicycle advocacy.  Now with two young kids, Josh doesn’t get out on as many bicycling adventures as he’d like.  That said, Josh recently managed to get his whole family out on our first bicycle camping adventure.

General Manager – Greg Poettgen

Greg manages the day-to-day of Campfire Cycling.  From keeping the repair center running smoothly to managing our order fulfillment operations, Greg keeps the wheels turning.

Greg’s background is in engineering, however in recent years Greg has worked as a bicycle mechanic.  Additionally, Greg has organized and run several ultra-endurance running races as well as manufacturing a line of custom bike bags under Yellow Cat Industries.  Greg is an avid bikepacker and ultra-endurance runner.

Graphic Designer – Ian Crombie

Ian got involved with CampfireCycling.com in its formative stages, playing a huge part in bringing the vision together with his masterful graphic design work.  Collaborating with Ian on designing the visual elements of CampfireCycling.com has been a joyous experience which I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for professional graphic design work, especially for outdoor focused businesses.

What really made Ian a perfect fit for designing the Campfire Cycling visuals was his love of the outdoors and bicycle camping.  Ian is an avid adventurer having negotiated many impressive thru-hikes and now getting into bicycle touring in a big way.

WooCommerce Developer – Chad Bush

Chad helped Josh move BikeShopHub.com out of a dying platform into WooCommerce.  And then when we were ready for the full rebrand Chad took Ian’s designs and brought them to life on CampfireCycling.com.  If you’re looking for professional WordPress Development, I’d highly recommend talking to Chad.

When Chads not wrangling with WordPress sites, he loves to travel, take photos and enjoys getting out for a ride Tucson’s Loop bike path on his Surly Midnight Special.